Fort Wayne Campus Diversity

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Student Organizations

Muslim Healthcare Professionals
The purpose of this organization is to serve the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the healthcare profession, promoting unity and joint action amongst Muslim healthcare professionals, promoting healthy relations among Muslims and non-Muslims, and endeavoring to make Islamic teachings known to interested non-Muslims. Click here for more information.

Christian Healthcare Professionals
The mission of the organization is to serve Christ and the world through pharmacy. The core values of CPFI are to provide fellowship among like-minded professionals, challenge and promote spiritual growth, encourage the advancement of knowledge and ethics in the practice of pharmacy, encourage evangelism and the integration of faith into practice, and provide support and opportunity for service in both home and foreign missions. Click here for more information.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association
SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. Click here for more information.

African American Healthcare Alliance
The mission of the African-American Healthcare Alliance of Fort Wayne is to promote, support and enhance education regarding health care issues, specifically for, but not limited to the African-American community, as well as to assisting in the development of those individuals pursuing careers in health care. Click here for more information.

Curriculum

In alignment with its mission, Manchester University Pharmacy Program prides itself on including learning opportunities to enhance students’ abilities to care for a variety of patient populations. The content regarding diverse patient populations is spread longitudinally throughout the curriculum.  During the first professional year, students complete a project where they investigate an assigned population to learn how that population interacts with the healthcare system. For the remaining years of the program, diverse patients are discussed with each disease state. Students also work on cases that incorporate healthcare barriers and challenges that underserved and vulnerable populations may encounter. Students are taught to always consider the patient as an individual and develop care plans based on their unique needs. In patient scenarios, students interact with standardized patients (members from the community acting as a patient). These interactions simulate working with a diverse populations. Encounters include counseling a patient who is having thoughts of suicide, discussing HIV medications, educating a geriatric patient with a communication barrier (hard of hearing, difficulty communicating after a stroke, etc.). 

In addition to the didactic curriculum, pharmacy students are required to engage in service to the community and many of the volunteer opportunities incorporate the diversity we have in the Fort Wane area. Students are also expected to engage in professional development programming in the area of cultural awareness. Programming is offered through the school and some examples include: viewing a documentary about suicide, interacting with a panel of professionals and patients about the opioid epidemic, and caring for the Muslim patient.